Videos and Podcasts

Videos and Podcasts

Differences that make a difference – Statistical profiling and fairness to individuals

Talk by Prof. Wilfried Hinsch (Philosophy, Cologne University) on December 7, 2020.

Prof. Wilfried Hinsch, as a philosopher, focuses in his presentation on discrimination based on relevant group membership with shared statistical features. Examples that are discussed are relevant features as ‘crime-proneness’ or ‘probability for credit default’; relevant group memberships may be defined in terms of ethnicity, gender, age, social class or place of residence. He argues that discriminating between persons based on statistical information often will be – rationally and morally – objectionable.

You can download the slides here.

Artificial intelligence and freedom of will

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Marcus Willaschek at the FRIAS Theme Days Responsible Artificial Intelligence on June 25, 2019

It has always been disputed under what conditions human decisions can be considered free. According to some positions, this requires the absence of causal determinants, while other positions do not. If freedom of will requires only rational insight and control, it would be compatible with full determination. This raises the question whether artificial intelligence can also have freedom of will.

Prof. Dr. Marcus Willaschek (*1962) has been Professor of Modern Philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main since 2003. He has conducted research at the universities of Harvard, Berkeley, UC San Diego, Keio (Tokyo), Osaka and others. He is a Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” as well as a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Frankfurt Scientific Society.

Time for Caution – An Intertemporal Perspective on the Precautionary Principle

Lecture by Ass.Prof. Dr. Johanna Thoma on 20.12.2018

Ass.Prof. Dr. Johanna Thoma, London School of Economics, Department of Philosophy Logic and Scientific Method